The Republican De-Evolution from Political Party to Domestic Terrorists

ryanboehnerI remember back during the Bush administration, a friend of mine said something along the lines of, “I can’t wait till Bush is out of office. Republicans can’t get much worse than this.”  I told him at the time that he shouldn’t be so certain of that.

During that time the tea party didn’t exist (or at least it had no national popularity) so neither of us had definitive proof that something worse was on the way.  However, I’ve just always lived by the belief that when it comes to politics, it can always get worse.

Being a liberal, it goes without saying that there are very few issues where I find myself agreeing with conservatives.  But to look back at their de-evolution from an opposing political party to what now basically amounts to a domestic terrorist organization, is downright shocking.

A few days ago, I wrote an article where I said that Republicans have officially become the “American Taliban.”   This of course brought out the right-wing trolls who called my claim absurd.  Of course, most had no information to support their belief that my claim was false, but that didn’t stop many of them from aggressively bashing the piece.

The stereotype of a terrorist (at least the American stereotype) is some form of Islamic radical who wishes to harm the United States in some way.  Most simply equate this to some kind of public explosion or mass killings of American citizens.

This, of course, is a completely ignorant and shallow stereotype.  There are all forms of terrorism and it doesn’t just originate from Islamic radicalism.

So, why can’t Republicans be classified as domestic terrorists?  Because that sounds too extreme to say?  If you believe that I understand, but is it really that extreme of a belief?  Is it more extreme than what they’ve been attempting to do to our nation?

Let’s just look at the definition of the word “terrorism.”

Terrorism:

1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.
2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
3. a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.

Are Republicans not using threats as a means to coerce government?  “Defund Obamacare or else we’ll shutdown the government/not raise the debt ceiling!”  Both actions would cause massive devastation for millions of Americans and (as it relates to the debt ceiling) quite possibly crash our entire economy.

But that’s not a threat?  Of course it is.  And it’s not just a threat—it’s a purposeful act which they know will harm millions of Americans.  They simply don’t care.  They have their “demands” they want met, and they don’t care who they have to hurt in order to get what they want.

The state of fear and submission?  Oh that’s easy.  Please, outside of straight, white, conservative Christian males, who aren’t Republicans afraid of?  The Republican party, and the conservative media, constantly perpetuate fear mongering against homosexuals, women, minorities, Muslims, liberals, any media that isn’t right-wing approved, Hollywood, science, history, math, education, the poor—hell, they’ve classified Bill Nye as “liberally biased.”

Bill freaking Nye!  You really have to be fear mongering to turn a guy mostly known for Saturday morning kids science shows into some kind of political enemy.

Oh, and Obamacare—holy cow.  These people are terrified of Obamacare.  But can you blame them?  Have you seen the kinds of ads right-wing groups are putting out there?  Seriously, click that link and go take a look.  It’s worth your two minutes to see those ridiculous ads funded by the Koch brothers.  Nothing quite like a spooky clown-looking version of Uncle Sam appearing between a woman’s legs in the middle of an intimate doctor’s exam (with creepy music playing in the background) to insinuate that the government is out to inject itself into your privates—uh, I mean private life.

This party thrives on fear.  Fear socialism!  Fear communism!  Fear a dictionary which might inform you of the definitions for both of those economic ideologies!  Because most Republicans, as it stands now, sure as heck don’t know how to define either.

A terroristic method of governing or of resisting government?  Well, let’s just go back to their strategy of refusing to do their jobs unless they get their way.  Threatening to raise taxes on every American if the top two-percent didn’t keep their tax cuts.  Threatening to default on our debt in 2011 (and now) by refusing to raise the debt ceiling if they don’t get the budget cuts they want.  Threatening to shutdown the government (they actually did in the 90’s) if the president refuses to defund the law of the land, “Obamacare.”

Their entire party is built on resisting government.  They’ve created this “boogeyman” called the Federal Government that they blame every problem in America on.  Then their supporters, and a few of their politicians, advocate secession whenever they don’t get their way.  Some even talk of the violent overthrow of our government in an attempt to “take the country back.”  These irrational thoughts and rants are often the results of something not going their way.

This is is the party that was once represented by the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower.  They’re now represented by people like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and John Boehner.

Talk about a massive drop-off in quality of representation.

A party that once had a president bring the country to civil war in the fight to free slaves, is now the one that will risk destroying its economy to deny millions of Americans health care.

So please, tell me, how aren’t Republicans a form of domestic terrorists?

Isn’t the basic premise for a terroristic act against the United States a deliberate act to harm Americans or American interests?   As I said in the piece I wrote a few days ago, imagine if Islamic radicals were threatening to sink our nation’s economy if they didn’t get their way.  Would we not call that a threat of terror?

Because that’s the very threat Republicans are now using.  Give into their demands or they’ll harm millions of Americans and quite possibly crash our economy—on purpose.

A main difference I see is that while a group like al Qaeda might make threats to harm Americans and hurt our nation’s economy, yet lack the ability to do either—Republicans are making those very same threats and seem poised to actually do both.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • langranny

    Throughout American history, all the wars and economic downturns have occurred during the term of a Republican president. It has taken a Democratic president to end the wars and bring the country back from the brink of economic destruction. Now the Republicans are fighting tooth and nail to take us back to more wars and fewer jobs and back to the crash of 2007. Get out and vote in 2014 and just hope that we survive long enough to vote them all out so that President Obama can finally get the mess that is America cleaned up.

    • Doug Tschopp

      world war i and ii happened under wilson and franklin roosevelt .. Truman korean war Johnson escalated the Vietnam War .. I am not sure were you from .. but your knowledge of history sucks

      • regressive rightwing trash

        I hate what the regressive crybaby rightwing white trash has become,,,,but U are totally correct in this — please note that Vietnam also was escalated under Nixon,,,,,he ended it simply to get re elected. all of our most recent wars are repub led

    • strayaway

      In the 20th Century, WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam were begun under Democrats. The Korean War and Vietnam War ended during Republican administrations.

      • Stephen Bryce

        As I recall my history, the Dems were conservative and GOP liberal up until the early 70s.

      • strayaway

        No, I think that Republicans were more conservative than Democrats from the days of at least Wilson on. Think Harding Coolidge Eisenhower. Even Hoover was more conservative than Roosevelt. Back in the 1860’s Republicans were more liberal then Democrats however. The leadership of both parties became corporatist pawns beginning in the 70’s. It is consequently more difficult to sort out which party is more hawkish and friendly to Wall Street recently.

      • Larry

        You Forgot the “Dixiecrats” who are the basis of the Ultra conservative part of the Republican Party. A bunch of No-Nothings, Knotheads

      • Joshua Brown

        No, dummy. If that were the case, they’d be called Dixiecans.

        Damn…

      • Iain A. Ward

        As far as I am aware both WW1 and WW2 were started by Facist Germany and in WW2’s case the Japanese brought America into the war as part of the Axis with Germany and Italy. The Korean war was started by Chinese supported Communists as was Vietnam…..back in the days of western paranoia about communism and the cold war era.

        In the case of WW2 it would have been rather difficult for America to stay out of the war because the Japanese were stupid enough to attack Pearl Harbour. Not a smart move, waking the then American industrial powerhouse.

        Both the first gulf war and the last gulf war were instigated by America….ostensibly to protect oil interests in the region.

      • strayaway

        My response was to langranny who made the incorrect claim, “Throughout American history, all the wars and economic downturns have occurred during the term of a Republican president. It has taken a Democratic president to end the wars”. Perhaps I should have been more specific and written “In the 20th Century, (US PARTICIPATION IN) WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam were begun under Democrats.”

    • dt

      The last war won by a Republican was the Civil War. WW1 was won by a Democrat. Same with WWII. Ike first ordered military personnel into Vietnam, which a Republican ended (as opposed to winning) by taking the same peace offer he got 5 years earlier. W declared victory in Iraq but that was just a charade and many more US troops were killed after that. The Teapublicans-Reptaliban are a joke that has deadly serious consequences on our country.

  • trk387

    If the GOP have become (domestic terrorists)? then they have VIOLATED their OATH, to protect the US Constitution against ALL enemies foreign and domestic! trk387 PS: violating the oath of office is IMMEDIATE grounds for EXPULSION!

    • chris1

      I hope so cause something needs to be done!

      • surfjac

        Don’t hold your breath…America talks a great noise about law and order but when Presidents can kidnap and torture and skate away scot free, there is no justice.

  • strayaway

    The article should have better explained and given examples of Republican violence.

    Sorry but Republicans did not “bring the country to civil war in the fight to free slaves.” Lincoln initially was trying to prevent southern states from leaving the Union.

    Regarding domestic terrorists: CNN reported this afternoon that the terrorists in Kenya included three Americans from Minneapolis, St. Paul, and KC, MO. Then the report disappeared. Supposedly, Al-Shabaab offered that information. The terrorist from St. Paul was described as a 22 years old and a “native”. Maybe they were violent Republicans.

    • Kurt Luttrell

      The war started because the nation elected a man who ran on an anti slavery platform, and the southern States revolted. Of course he tried to keep them from revolting. It would only divide the nation further and cause needless thousands of deaths, but he stood his ground on the issue, so yes, in effect the war started over his anti slavery views. As for the domestic terrorist comments, nice straw man fallacy you brought up. That had nothing to do with the republican extremist factions acting like home grown terrorists. And we have had obvious ones like Tim mcvieh, the Oklahoma city bomber who did what he did based upon his die hard republican views.

      • strayaway

        The comment from the article I responded to was “A party that once had a president bring the country to civil war in the fight to free slaves”. I was not responding to why the south revolted. That must be your straw man. I’m glad you cleared that up that the three US domestic terrorists in Kenya weren’t Republicans.

  • DrDon

    I am tired of reading rants like this against the Republicans. Many of the points are true but until we put forth some positive reasons WHY people should vote the rascals out and give them reasons to HOPE for the future with sound ideas and positive values, we have not accomplished anything beyond emotional venting.

    • Ankynan

      What? You haven’t seen “positive reasons WHY”? I have. I guess the difference must lie in the eye of the reader.

    • Stephen Bryce

      You mean simply having standards of acceptable behaviour isn’t enough?

      By your logic, no one should be charged with a felony until it can be proven that the arresting officer would magically make sure that the crime never took place.

  • Lillie Vaden

    GOP, American terrorist, the American obstructionist!

  • katherine norton malek

    I’ve been calling them The American Taliban since the last nat’l election season. Ppl NEED to read how the Taliban were able to rise to power, the promises they made and the rights they took away (mostly from women) step-by-step. It started as a slow process backed by conservative & the religious right. After backing them initially, the latter two groups did not even realize the damage they caused until the ‘train was out of the gate’ and it was too late. That bit of history has been repeating itself here for the past few yrs. Each ‘win’ for them brings us closer to losing our choices & empowers them. Weare officially under TP siege right NOW and it will only get worse. Wish it ere possible to move to France. SO happy for my daughter who is doing just that. Bad times are ahead. Very very bad. Thanks for bringing this to light. I hope you’ll publicize it more. I don’t know why more ppl are not afraid. I am.

    • Ankynan

      I highly recommend the book, Invisible Hands: The Making of the Conservative Movement from The New Deal to Reagan, by Kim Phillips-Fein.

    • Its amazing to me that everyone cant see what they arte doing. Until 9/11, not a lot of Americans knew much about Muslims and their beliefs. Now, we know SO much more and yet cannot see its exactly what the Tea party is doing. They started by taking away womens rights the the WOMEN AGREED! They let them do it freely. Next they set their sites on education…or the lack thereof…the less educated the sheeple are, the less likely they are to argue. Then, voting rights….you take away the voters rights and gerrymander the lines so many cant vote. Get them to stop voting that way no one opposes you. And, even tho there is a separation of church and state, the make religion a HUGE part of their beliefs and insist you think the same way. I guess unless they make women wear burkas, they wont see how its JUST like the Taliban. The difference? Its not Osama Bin Laden, its Ted Cruz…..

  • DesertSun59

    Sadly, Americans haven’t had enough of this just yet. You see, income inequality, despite being the highest it’s ever been in American history, isn’t high enough to put a stop to it just yet. The ratio of CEO to employee pay isn’t high enough either. There aren’t enough vids of police brutality on the Web just yet. Tens of MILLIONS of Americans have totally bought in to the lie that trickle down (eg, tax breaks for the wealthiest) will plop a job right onto their lap. There aren’t enough corporations sitting on their profits, keeping them offshore, untaxable and out of circulation.

    That being said, I assure you all that after the 2014 election there will be MORE TEATARDS than ever before in American history in DC. M.O.R.E.

    As in, more than today.

    The reason is simple: the pain isn’t high enough yet. There aren’t enough massacred children to produce a responsible national discussion about how the 2nd Amendment was about MUSKETS, not assault rifles. There aren’t enough sick people for health care INSURANCE reform (that’s all the ACA was: INSURANCE reform) to have a significant impact on those who need it most and who are continuing to pretend it’s the worst thing in the entire universe.
    And while those Republicans have been duping their uninformed voters to vote for them in even LARGER numbers, they’re laughing at them while their cronies on Wall Street continue to play with the marketplace. You see, they’re preparing to rake off the top 25% of the stock market again with another well-planned crash.

  • Randy Burbach

    They don’t need to prove your claim false. you are the one who needs to provide proof. If you do that, they need to provide proof to falsify your evidence. I do agree with you, but the rules of evidence apply to us liberals too.

    • Stephen Bryce

      They regularly threaten violence and endanger national security to provoke fear in anyone who doesn’t hate Obama, and you say that’s not proof?

      • Randy Burbach

        That is not at all what I said. Merely commenting on the rules of evidence. In his American Taliban article, it feels more like a rhetorical device. He does a better job here in outlining the basis for them as terrorists

  • Guest

    Why is no one calling for a RECALL?

    • Stephen Bryce

      Or arrests?

    • Lorrie Summers

      Because, once
      seated, a member of either house of Congress, is beyond state law. The
      U.S, Constitution grants sole authority to judge elections, reject or expel
      members, etc. to the house of the member in question. Past state level attempts to recall federal officials have been blocked by courts citing supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution.

      • chris1

        that sucks for us middle class and poor people! we want to fire them!

  • gferguson

    Remember, for months prior to January 20, 2009, America had been losing over 750,000 jobs per month because of policies these same elected Republican lawmakers had enacted and their goal, their goal that night, was to plot ways to sabotage …and undermine any and all legislation that would pull American families up and out of the economic calamity they [lawmakers] had helped create.
    Two months after their covert meeting where they plotted to sabotage the US Economy, in March 2009, Rep. Pete Sessions said Republicans should follow the model of the Taliban in its battles against President Obama.
    In the March 2009 interview with National Journal Rep Sessions said:
    “Taliban Insurgency, we understand perhaps a little bit more because of the Taliban. Insurgency is the way they went about systematically understanding how to disrupt and change a person’s entire processes. And these Taliban — is an example of how you go about to change a person from their messaging to their operations to their frontline message. And we need to understand that Insurgency may be required when [dealing with] the other side”
    ~Rep Pete Sessions, March 2009 to National Journal
    Rep Pete Sessions went on to say:
    “If they [democrats] do not give us those options or opportunities then we will then become Insurgency … I think Insurgency is a mindset and an attitude that we’re going to have to search for and find ways to get our message out and to be prepared to see things for what they are, rather than trying to do something about them”See More

  • Robert Belozi Lee

    “Violence AND threats”…so no. When the Republican party starts sanctioning violence then you can say this, until then, this is not helpful.

    • RB

      They have pushed to rape women who want an abortion. Requiring a vaginial probe (that is not medically needed) to be placed into a woman’s body, if she wants it or not, to be able to get a medical procedure is violence in my book. Requiring a woman to be raped with a foreign object to get a legal medical procedure is certainly violence.

      • strayaway

        Good point about a Republican mandated and invasive procedure worse than those suffered at airports. Up for question are whether the specific abortion is medically needed, whether a near term baby wants to be aborted or not, or if the procedure constitutes a violent act upon a near term baby. I agree, by the way, that it is a parent’s right and not the government’s right to decide such things.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Aborting “near-term” babies rarely occurs and then it’s usually because it has anomalies that are incompatible with life. And Gosnell was NOT acting as a legal abortion provider.

      • gemma liar

        Im gonna pass a bill which has all these old flaccid white trash bible thumping impotent HAVING to get a nice INVASIVE prostate exam COMPLETE with a nice painful scraping of the prostate -for cancer exam “of course” as retribution in having women be forced into a vaginal probe regarding abortion in regressive run states. Lets start with the obese foursome of Hannity,,,,Huckabee,,,,beck and Limbaugh!!!! ,,,with a lot of slim pretty big chested (natural ONLY) women doctors doing the exam…….MMMMmmmmmm…… VOTE REGRESSIVE REPUBLICAN

  • Gershon Wolf

    I agree with everything u r saying

  • Really?

    Since when was the civil war fought to free slaves? And this coming from a political science degree. You should ask for your money back.

    • Rick Catdaddy Blankenship

      The underlying reason for the Civil War was Slavery. Read Bruce Catton. If you are going to tell me it was a civil war for states rights then you are an uninformed racist.

  • Guy_in_Kingston

    There is now only two politcal parties the Democrats (communists) and the tea party.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      Uh huh. Do you even understand the definition of communism?

      • Sam Brosenberg

        It looks like he doesn’t understand basic English syntax or grammar either.

    • gemma liar

      LOOK! flaccid GUY is now telling us that his FORMERLY beloved rino repubs and independent parties no longer exist!! well; I would rather be a commie than a small dicked UN informed white trash inbred bible smoking teabag party loser who needs a lifetime supply of tissue for the lachrymosity which is their defining characteristic

      • Guy_in_Kingston

        name calling does not change the facts, but does show you’re about 12 years old.

      • gemma liar

        Hmmmmmm,,,,,calling liberals/democrats COMMUNISTS is NOT name calling,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,but splashing U with FLACCID ( see: rush Limbaugh) is enough2 get you spinning in nugatory conniptions? Bottom line is we who are progressing are peeing legally on the regressives ( you,,,and:) who are pouting and churning and dying a slow well-deserved death

      • Guy_in_Kingston

        The difference between a communist and a liberal is? Nothing.

      • gemma liar

        lets hear it for our new champion!!! GUY the cry!

      • gemma liar

        you truly aren’t very bright are you,,,,,,, ( rhetorically asked: no need 2 reply ‘cept to cry further. Can someone PLEASE change Guys diapers??)

  • chris1

    Allen another great article! too bad the comments were hijacked! again!!!!

  • fairness_rules

    Get your concealed carry permit people! Nut jobs in my state are starting to talk about armed rebellion if they don’t get their way! Many of these idiots should not even be permitted to own a firearm yet they think they are “true patriots” The country is going crazy quickly!

  • Shelleyhumm

    GREAT piece,, you got it all right!!! Thank you for the detailed perfect description!!

  • WGAF

    If you want to know where America is headed….try reading “The German Army…1933-1945, by Matthew Cooper. “It will be up to the generals to see that the Army does not in the end kiss Herr Schicklgrub
    er’s hands like a hysterical woman. So wrote General Wilhelm Groner in 1932, two days after leaving his post as Reich Defence Minister and eight months before the National Socialists assumed power in Germany. It was to take just six years for his worst fears to be justified: the generals had failed; the Army had be come Hitler’s.”
    No compromise……..

  • Sean F

    You have valid points, but your use of the word “Terrorism” is wrong. Check that definition again – “The use of violence and threats…” – not “or”, “AND”. Terrorism involves violence, and to use it in this manner is inflammatory and wrong.

  • Dick Pickles

    Isn’t the word for domestic terrorism “sedition”?
    The lumping of the radicals of the Tea Party with main stream
    Republicans a disservice to the moderates who want to govern?
    Following is a post appeared on my wall Oct. 13
    The Republicans I grew up with and even today the main stream
    Republicans have no resemblance to what is now called the Tea Party.
    The closest folks to this TP movement is the Know-Nothings of the
    19th Century.

  • WGAF

    FEAR and INTIMIDATION…..the weapons of choice.

  • Orus Dias Delaney

    GOP/TEAliban!!! They have supposed Christians(followers/voters) worshipping false idols(Cruz, Palin, etc.) honoring a comic book instead of the bible, honoring lies that are used w/ the word of God in them & supporting it by keeping them in office. How Christian or American is that?